LEAP MILL, OMAGH
- Client – Mr & Mrs F Cathers
- Contract Value – £485k stg.
- Timeline – October 2009 – November 2011
FEATURED / AWARDS
Leap Mill won the DOE sponsored RSPB and RTPI Sustainable Planning Award for Rural Areas and the Natural Environment in NI for 2010-11.
Leap Mill also featured in numerous publications;
Appeared on BBCNI House of the Year 2010
Shortlisted for the UK Civic Trust Awards
Leap Mill was a finalist in the RICS 2013 Awards
The old mill buildings are beautifully sited overlooking the Camowen River outside Omagh. The mill was in a state of dereliction and on the verge of collapse; the ‘barn’ was unused and the ‘loft’ building which closed the courtyard had been removed.
The derelict mill has been saved, restored and adapted as a jewellery studio at the upper ground level and a metal workshop on the lower level. A large retained opening overlooks the stepped stone seats of the courtyard. The barn was originally conceived as a conversion; however the structure proved too unstable to be retained. It has been rebuilt to the exact dimensions and detail of the original barn as a dwelling house. The completion of the ‘loft’ formed the courtyard and linked the stone mill to the barn.
The project restores, adapts and breathes new life into a derelict complex of redundant farm buildings. It preserves our built heritage for future generations, yet it is done in a way that is of its own time, without resorting to pastiche.
The project is a model of sustainability and innovation.